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Old 06-16-2022, 06:16 PM   #1
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Foul Weather Gear for the Great Loop

We are in need of new foul weather gear suited for the Great Loop. It's been 20 years since I last outfitted.
Looking for suggestions or advice.
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Old 06-17-2022, 12:03 AM   #2
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Don't you have an inside helm station? I'd say the need is minimal. YMMV, but I've looped in a sistership to yours, and don't think I ever got my foul weather gear fully deployed. It's a series of day trips. Foul weather is easily avoidable.
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Old 06-17-2022, 05:02 AM   #3
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Depends on your definition of foul weather. My go to was always Grundens and xtra tuffs.
For just being on deck for a bit of rain I had my stormy seas pull over and Carhartt rain pants. For bad weather skiffing I had a mustang float suit.
Now I just go inside.
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Old 06-17-2022, 05:20 AM   #4
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I can't speak to the loop (except for Florida's torrential rains), but my go-to is REI for high-quality, high-tech, durable, and easily packed outdoor clothing. A jacket with hood with large brim to work in rain is handy whether on a boat or caught out on a bike

I gave up on bright yellow Maine lobsterman bibs a long time ago

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Old 06-17-2022, 06:50 AM   #5
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A good rain-proof jacket will cover a lot of the need. For the most part, you shouldn't only end up needing foulies for the occasional docking or lock in the rain (either unexpected rain or if you choose to go on one of those rainy but otherwise dead calm days).
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Old 06-17-2022, 10:52 AM   #6
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Bathing suit.
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Old 06-17-2022, 11:15 AM   #7
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Locking through the NY canal system on a rainy day would be a nice time to have a decent bib and jacket.
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Old 06-17-2022, 12:31 PM   #8
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Sailing used a full set of Musto. But as mentioned ridiculous to spend that kind of money power and coastal so they remain on the boat but not used. Even west coastal stuff is overkill imho. Rather use breathable light weight REI jacket and pants. Wait for the sale.
If really wet then fly fishing in shoe waders and keen sandals. The keens are more non slip then any boat shoes I every had. Still have Dubarry boots from sailing. Again like Musto the best I ever had. I tell my admiral what I want for Bday and Xmas and she’s foolish enough to love me. Find now only outside briefly and more frequently in,out, in out. So easy on/off is more important. Getting out of bibs is a pain.
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Old 06-17-2022, 07:59 PM   #9
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Locking through the NY canal system on a rainy day would be a nice time to have a decent bib and jacket.
I agree. I have done NJ to Kingston Ont 4 times now. 3 in multi day rain. I have multiple sets of the old standard yellow pvc bib/ jacket, looking for something better.

REI or other outfitters sounds good.
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I like my carhartt rain pants because they have a full zipper on both legs so it’s easy on/off.
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Old 06-18-2022, 02:00 PM   #11
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I like my carhartt rain pants because they have a full zipper on both legs so itís easy on/off.
Thks Charlie. Sounds like a good feature to have.

I wanted to buy your boat, back when it was listed ay Liberty. Got called away for business and missed it! Sounds like it's doing well for you. Enjoy!
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Thks Charlie. Sounds like a good feature to have.

I wanted to buy your boat, back when it was listed ay Liberty. Got called away for business and missed it! Sounds like it's doing well for you. Enjoy!
Thanks, we are liking it. It runs well enough to enjoy and has enough projects to keep us occupied. Itís giving us the education we wanted. 😁
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Musto is the best
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Old 06-18-2022, 11:06 PM   #14
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We use Frogg Toggs…simple, light weight, inexpensive, dries quickly. Jackets and pants (not bibs); pants are quite useful for rainy weather anchoring, boat washing, dinghy trips, etc. I am on my second set, and not the fancie$t of their offerings. First set was used on motorcycle and now in a work vehicle.

We also have Gil and West Marine “proper” raincoats. They get used mostly off the boat because of their high-visibility and useful storage pockets.

Finally, we use Mustang Catalyst float coats when it gets cold. Like the Frogg Toggs, its old gear that works for a long time. I had mine on yesterday while anchoring, yes June in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
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I have been sailing in New England for many years. A set of Line 7 was a bullet proof necessity. (Itís still in good shape 35 years later) We did our first boat charter on the west coast of Florida and of course I brought my Line 7 gear. The fellow from the charter company looked at me and my gear, smiled, and said youíre going to like Florida. Leave that stuff in your car.
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Old 06-24-2022, 01:18 PM   #17
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We are in need of new foul weather gear suited for the Great Loop. It's been 20 years since I last outfitted.
Looking for suggestions or advice.
Thanks in advance,
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Wifey B: You're not still planning on looping this year are you?

Mainly need rain gear but if looping in March and April or after September, need some cold weather gear. I recommend cross country ski jackets you can find at places like Academy Sports with masks also found there.
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Old 06-24-2022, 01:55 PM   #18
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I sold Lady Sue last fall and have two XL jackets; Henri Lloyd heavy duty, black/yellow trim, and North Peak unlined, yellow. Both hooded and in very good condition.
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I have a job they requires prolonged outdoor exposure so I’m in the rain quite often and honestly a nice large (one that goes to my calf) high quality(NOT the US gov issue) poncho tends to be used more than my grundens or my other rain suites. It’s quick and easy to put on one off, doesn’t leak through the zipper or button seams and for being heavy vulcanized cotton breathes much better than any real rain suite I’ve used since the bottom is completely open. All the technical jackets that breath will eventually soak through, best so far is about 3 hours of heavy rain. And I’ve used the lot of them and have always been let down, money makes no difference there I’ve spent upwards of $700 just on jackets and makes no difference. Grundens or any of the true commercial foul weather gear are amazing but hot, in any warmer weather you will shortly be as wet inside as as outside just from the sweat. The moment it cools off they are amazing though.
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Old 06-24-2022, 10:16 PM   #20
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Ditto Jmarches comments, rain being a big part of boating here in the PNW and SE Alaska. Breathables are great but eventually will soak through in heavy rain. When it's coming down in buckets, Grundens or similar PVC gear is heavy duty and you won't get wet from the rain but it might feel like a sauna inside, especially if it's warm. I have both setups and they both have their place. I can't speak to the Loop but I'd guess that breathables would work just fine. REI online has a good selection of breathables.
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